Post tenebras lux
The phrase came to be adopted as the Calvinist motto, and was subsequently adopted as the motto of the entire Protestant Reformation. It is used by John Calvin's adopted city of Geneva, Switzerland on their coins. As a mark of its role in the Calvinist movement, the motto is engraved on the Reformation Wall, in Geneva, and the Huguenot Monument, in Franschhoek, South Africa.
In the form Post tenebras spero lucem, the motto appears in Part II of Cervantes' Don Quixote, and features on the title pages of the first editions of both Parts I and II, published by Juan de la Cuesta in 1605 and 1615 respectively.
It is/was the motto of:
- American International College (Springfield, Massachusetts)
- Geneva Academy, K–12 school in Monroe, Louisiana
- The Geneva School (a classical Christian school in Winter Park, Florida)
- Smith Preparatory Academy (a K-12 classical Christian school in Altamonte Springs, FL)
- Robert College (an American school in Istanbul, Turkey; one of two school mottos)
- Beyoğlu Anadolu Lisesi (an English high school for girls in Istanbul, Turkey)
- University Externado of Colombia (university in Bogotá, Colombia)
- University of Geneva
- Europa Ventures in the movie "Europa Report"
- Wolverhampton, translated as Out of darkness cometh light; also E tenebris oritur lux (on the seal of the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Wolverhampton).
- Job 17:11–13:
11 dies mei transierunt cogitationes meae dissipatae sunt torquentes cor meum
12 noctem verterunt in diem et rursum post tenebras spero lucem
13 si sustinuero infernus domus mea est in tenebris stravi lectulum meum
- "History of the Reformation" (PDF). Retrieved 3 March 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)